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10 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: 130 Mini Quilt Blocks

It’s hard to believe it’s already Sunday! But SMP Craft has just the thing to cure the Monday Eve blues: a giveaway!

On Friday, we shared how to make a pincushion from Susan Briscoe’s 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. If you’ve already finished that project and mastered those blocks you’re ready for the other 128!

130 Mini Quilt Blocks is the perfect book for quilters wanting to learn numerous block patterns. Each block comes with a full cutting list, assembly instructions, and construction diagram. Each chapter also features a small project. In addition to the blocks there is an extremely useful finishing section that shows how to combine different block sizes, add borders, insert batting, and more! 130 Mini Quilt Blocks shows quilters of all abilities how to get the most out of their fabric packs while creating their own unique small-scale projects.

You could win 130 block patterns, but you only have 4 days to enter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

130 Mini Quilt Blocks by Susan Briscoe

130 Mini Quilt Blocks

by Susan Briscoe

Giveaway ends August 14, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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8 Aug

Freebie Friday: Pincushion

Happy Friday, Crafters!

Confession: I have been keeping my sewing needles in a Ziploc bag buried in my top drawer. Most—if not all—of you are shaking your heads at me and saying, “But needles are sharp and plastic bags are weak! It’s only a matter of time before the needles puncture the bag and fall out.” And you are correct, folks. That is exactly what happened. With numerous needles mixed in with my hair accessories I decided it was time to invest in a pincushion. But why buy when you can DIY?!

Today’s FREE PROJECT is a quilted pin cushion from Susan Briscoe’s 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. Along with the project’s instructions, we’ve included the pattern for a Cake Stand quilt block AND instructions on adding borders. 3 for 1—Freebie (Threebie?) Day has never looked this good!

PIN CUSHION CLIP

130 Mini Quilt Blocks is perfect for today’s quilter looking to make small projects with widely-available fabric packs. This is an extensive collection of mini blocks designed to take advantage of the assortments 130 minilike Fat Quarters, Jelly Rolls, Cake Layers, and Charm Packs that quilters love. The blocks, made to be mixed and matched, showcase a range of styles including Amish, retro, stars, Japanese-inspired taupe blocks, Baltimore albums, contemporary Japanese prints, and American country classics—like log cabins and simple strip designs.

Each block comes with a full cutting list, assembly instructions, and construction diagram, plus each chapter features a small project. A comprehensive techniques section covers all the skills required. A useful finishing section, showing how to combine different block sizes, add borders, insert batting, and more guarantees a professional-looking result. 130 Mini Quilt Blocks shows quilters of all abilities how to get the most out of their fabric packs while creating their own unique small-scale projects.

Like what you see? Order the book today!

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2 Apr

Free Project of the Month: Laptop Sleeve from Quilt-opedia

April showers may bring May flowers, but it sure makes things difficult for those of us lugging around our portable devices! But look what I have for you. The perfect FREE PROJECT to protect your laptop or iPad from the elements. Laptop sleeve

This is just one of the 30 fabulous projects you’ll find in QUILT-OPEDIA by Laura Jane Taylor, on sale now!

Quilt-opedia is the only quilting reference you’ll ever need. (You know it’s true because it’s right there on the cover!)

For both hand and machine quilting, Quilt-opedia uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk you through the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric and the intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying your finished quilt. Useful tips are found throughout to help avoid common mistakes. A directory of quilt blocks contains loads of ideas for variations, joining methods, and embellishments. Plus, invaluable instructions are given for how to draft blocks to fit the preferred size measurements of any project, big or small.

 

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28 Nov

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Pie

 

Anne Spieth is the Library Marketing Manager for Macmillan and loves to cook and bake. Since this is the first Thanksgiving that she’s hosting friends and family at her little NYC apartment, she decided to do a test run of pumpkin pie from the Moosewood Restaurant Favorites cookbook. She made one large pie and 12 mini pies and they look amazing (Time to crash Anne’s party!)

Bravo, Anne!

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Pie-ingredients

Yields one 9.5-inch pie and 12 mini pies

Serves 8

Prep time:

Pastry: 15 minutes (or 0 if you buy a pre-made crust like Anne did)

Filling: 10 minutes

Bake time: 55-65 minutes

PIE FILLING

One 15-ounce can cooked pumpkin puree
3 large eggs, beaten
½ cup pure maple syrup (or ¾ cup brown or white sugar)
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk (or 1-1/2 cups of other milk, such as cream, half-and-half, soy, almond milk, etc.)
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
(Anne also added a pinch of allspice and nutmeg)

But wait! Before diving in, remember the apron! 

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And the potholders!

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Okay, now you’re ready!

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Make the pie crust and fit it into the pie plate
2) In a large bowl, whisk together all the filling ingredients until smooth

Pumpkin-Collage

Ready for Oven
3) Pour the filling into the unbaked crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F
4) Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for another 40-50 minutes more until the crust is golden and a knife inserted about 2 inches from the side comes out clean
5) Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until serving time

6) Enjoy!

 
 
 

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22 Nov

Freebie Friday: Sweet Home Potholders (Free Project Download!)

 

I don’t consider myself much of a chef, but when the holidays roll around I’m suddenly inspired (most of the time by gazing at Pinterest boards!). And although most of my culinary creations come out less than Pinterest worthy, I never fail to impress my guests prior to serving time. That’s right–my time to shine is when I’m reaching for my super-cute handmade potholders. Even if my elaborately styled Thyme-Roasted Turkey with Béarnaise Butter turns out to be a dud, at least I’ll look fashionable when I set it on the table.

Are you stuck with the same boring potholders you bought just after college and use just as much for packing boxes as for baking cookies?

Well, I’ve got just the FREE PROJECT for you! Sweet Home Potholders from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo
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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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